Economic Development


  • CalGOLD offers direct internet links and contact information to state, local, regional, and federal permitting authorities for more information.



  • is a good site to use when searching for Federal grants funding.
  • Capital Connection describes various capital sources and services.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration has a number of loan programs. The SBA sets the guidelines for loans while SBA’s partners – lenders, community development organizations, and microlending institutions – make the loans to small businesses.
  • Learn about 8(a) financing for small disadvantaged companies and assess your firm’s eligibility here.
  • Economic development organizations or corporations have various financing offers a list of economic development organizations in CA.
  • Local Governments’ Websites – unique or specialized financing sources may be available in your locality. Check appropriate county, municipal, city, or township web sites for information.
  • Venture Capital firms may be a source of financing. There are a number of venture capital directories on the web. The Infon Venture Capital Directory is free to search and provides some contact information for free.
  • National Venture Capital Association Member Directory is a comprehensive, print directory of NVCA members.
  • allows searching by state, industry, and dollar amount for venture capital. Contact information is about $2 per contact.
  • allows users to enter details about the financing needed and then returns a list of potential sources.
  • Small Business Lending in the U.S. provides state-specific data including top lenders to small businesses.
  • SBIR/STTR Funding can be used to pay for research and development for innovative companies

Legal and Taxes

Human Resources and Payroll

Money Management

  • has accounting and tax information, forms, and other business planning tools.


  • is a meta-site with links to marketing-related topics.



Trademarks and Copyrights

  • Nolo Press – Patent, copyright, and trademark articles form the respected publisher
  • – Nice site for information about protecting your intellectual property with good information about patents, trademarks and copyright information
  • California Secretary of State – The Secretary of State’s office maintains registration and all updates of California state trademarks and service marks
  • US Copyright Office – Research and register a copyright
  • Introduction to the U.S. Patent System – Excellent online course to help inventors understand this process and stay out of trouble